Delone Catholic Retreat Program

At Delone Catholic, our retreats give our students the opportunity to encounter the Lord together with their peers. The retreats are planned to meet the needs of the specific group, meeting them where they are as they progress through high school and grow in their individual relationships with God. Students begin freshmen year focusing on unity and the specific gifts and talents of each individual. Sophomore year confronts the popular opinions of our culture and presents students with the truth found in the Catholic faith. During their junior year, students are given the chance to live out their faith in a very tangible way by ministering to the needs of people in our community through works of charity. Finally, senior year allows the students to look forward to the future and gives them the tools they need to discern God’s call. These annual retreats are graduation requirements as an integral part of our Catholic identity.

Freshmen Retreat

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Location: Ropes Course at Ski Roundtop Resort

It is a challenge again for this year’s Freshmen Class, who will brave the Challenge Course at Ski Roundtop. After opening with prayer and a short orientation, the class will be divided into groups to traverse the Challenge Course, with both high and low elements. Students will be challenged individually and as a group to encourage one another and help each other through the course. After lunch, a reflection will be given, relating the day to 1 Corinthians 12. It will be a wonderful day of team-building, unity, and realizing the unique and crucial role of each individual.

Sophomore Retreat

Date: Monday, February 11, 2019 
Location: St. Vincent School

Delone Catholic welcomes NET ministries once again this year for the Sophomore retreat! This team of passionate and faith-filled young adults travels the country leading retreats for high schools and youth groups in a variety of locations. Our retreat this year will focus on the beauty and richness found in the Catholic Church. Last year the students looked at their importance as members of the Body of Christ. Now, how do we further our relationships with God and find our identity in Him? This promises to be a high-energy, joyful, and thought-provoking day!

Junior Retreat

Dates: Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018; Monday, Oct. 8, 2018; Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018; Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 
Locations: Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Md., Adams Rescue Mission in Gettysburg, and SpiriTrust Lutheran at Utz Terrace in South Hanover  

For the eleventh year, our juniors will live out the mission of Delone Catholic – to be Doers of the Word – through a day of service. On Aug. 26, a group of Juniors helped to serve families at the Family Fun Day in celebration of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s 244th birthday.  On Oct. 8, a group of Juniors will also serve at the Adams Rescue Mission in Gettysburg. This experience, in our own Deanery, will allow students to work at the shelter for the day, learning more about the difference they are called to make in the world. On Oct. 13 the students will spend a day in fun and fellowship with children who live at Catholic Charities' Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families in Harrisburg. On Dec. 10, the juniors will help to wrap up a candlelight prayer service at the Seton Shrine as one of their Advent celebrations. 

Senior Retreat

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
Location: Mount St. Mary’s University

God has a plan for each and every human life. Even if we are not aware of it, every person is called to something unique, planned exactly for him or her by God. As they plan for graduation, our seniors will explore what God is calling them to, through talks and witnesses, beginning by looking at Mary’s example of surrender, the example the saints have provided for us, and how we can use prayer to help us discern. The class will also gather to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy and be given individual reflection time at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament to consider their futures. 

Please note: These retreats are graduation requirements. If a student misses their retreat date, a letter will be sent home detailing the other wonderful opportunities to make it up on his or her own time. Should a student choose not to act appropriately, it is at the discretion of the chaperones and/or retreat leaders to remove the student from the activity to work on another assignment. The retreat will then need to be made up on the student's own time and at his or her own expense. We do not anticipate any problems with our students and are holding them in prayer as they prepare for their encounters with God.